Renée Zellweger Goes Over the Rainbow in First Trailer for "Judy"

CREDIT David Hindley  Courtesy of LD Entertainment & Roadside Attractions

CREDIT David Hindley Courtesy of LD Entertainment & Roadside Attractions

In addition to Zellweger, the film also stars Jessie Buckley (Taboo), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter films).

To prepare for the role, the Oscar victor took music lessons, studied choreography and read up about the actress and singer, who shot to fame in 1939 when she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz but struggled later in life.

Judy was written by Tom Edge, who is known for his work on Lovesick and The Crown. But playing Judy Garland in what was being primed to be her comeback seems fitting for Zellwegger who like Garland, burst on the scene as a young ingenue but has all but disappeared from the movie scene in recent years. "The most fertile ground for such exploration seemed to be at the end of a lifetime of performance", Goold said in a press statement. For over 40 years Judy Garland had laughed and loved and entertained no matter what life threw at her, and her public adored her for it. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.

The film will tell the story of Garland's life, and will open in London during her sell-out run of concerts. The film depicts her sometimes stormy relationships with musicians and fans, her family and her management. First, because she is a great, Oscar-winning dramatic actress.

"I felt Renee was uniquely qualified to play Judy". Second, she is a wonderful comedienne. Here are five things you should know about the legend, before the biopic film hits theaters on September 27, 2019. Featuring some of her most iconic songs, this biopic celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizazz of "the world's greatest entertainer".

Garland was tremendously successful throughout her career, starring in classics like 1939's "The Wizard of Oz", 1944's "Meet Me in St. Louis", 1948's "Easter Parade" and 1954's "A Star Is Born". Will this be an early Academy Awards frontrunner? Be sure to check out the trailer from the RoadsideFlix YouTube channel.